Ha ha. Check out the tail end of the first few sentences of this Boston Globe item written by the tandem of Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein:
Actor Mark Ruffalo was at the Globe on Monday to do research for his new movie Spotlight, in which he’ll play Globe investigative reporter Michael Rezendes, a member of the Pulitzer-winning team that broke the Catholic sex abuse scandal. Ruffalo was seen in the newsroom, the cafeteria and the library — not that we were following him.
There’s also a nice shot of Ruffalo and Rezendes, powwowing in front of a computer.
Last month, Shanahan and Goldstein reviewed a script draft of Spotlight written by director Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (of The West Wing fame):
To be played in the movie by Liev Schreiber, [then-Globe editor Marty] Baron comes across as fearless, heroic and mostly humorless. Much is made of his outsider status — “So the new editor of the Globe is an unmarried man of the Jewish faith who hates baseball?” — the clear implication being that if not for Baron’s willingness to pursue the story, the issue of priest sex abuse may not have been so fully investigated…
Because every good movie about investigative journalists has to have a scene in a parking garage, the script includes a scene in a parking garage. There are also scenes at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, a “crappy” East Boston diner, Faneuil Hall, Ringgold Park in the South End, a courtroom, and, of course, the offices of the Globe.